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Jim Kelly
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly responds to a question at a press conference in Batavia, N.Y. , Monday June 3, 2013. Kelly says he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on June 7. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Kelly Says He's Cancer-Free

Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly says he's cancer-free after surgery to remove part of his jaw earlier this month.

“I don’t have to go through radiation treatment and chemo, which is a blessing. From what I’ve been told everything that they did in surgery, if I had to do radiation or chemo it would put me way back,” Kelly told reporters at the opening of his annual football camp.

“The worst part about my cancer is it’s right here in the area of my mouth,” said Kelly. “They had to remove most of my jaw on my left side. It’s very, very sore, but it takes time. I know when you have knee surgery or shoulder surgery it’s sore for a small period of time and rehab and everything is good and you just take your time. This is just constant pain for now, but it’s a small price to pay for where I’ll be later on down the road.”

Kelly acknowledges the reality the cancer could return at some point. He'll be visiting his doctors for follow-ups every couple of months.

Kelly was especially gracious of the Western New York community. “This community has rallied around me when I played for the Bills, when my son Hunter was diagnosed and of course my latest setback with cancer.

“The community’s prayers there are not enough words to describe the feeling in my heart and my family’s heart how much it means to me to have people take the time to email me, write me hundreds and hundreds of letters. Those prayers have been answered because of the things that I don’t have to do now.”

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06/24/2013 11:15AM
Kelly Says He's Cancer-Free
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06/25/2013 8:43AM
It is great to hear some good news ! We all love Jim, he has helped define this town, God bless him and a speedy recovery !
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